At least that’s what Brian Wilson said and since he wrote the song he should know. He said that he wrote ” Surfer Girl” while riding in his car. Pretty amazing I think. I always liked that song but never realized until a few years ago when I started to learn it it that it goes into a key change for the last verse and chorus. It modulates from the Key of D to E flat.
For most of the garage musicians and folkies that I know a key like E flat or anything besides, G, C or D makes them crazy. And here was Brian Wilson way back in 1962 or 1963 writing songs with key changes built in. I always knew I like that tune and that it was pleasing to my ear, I just didn’t know exactly why.
There is another song Wilson wrote based on a conversation with his girlfriend. He was upset about something and she simply said: